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05-21-2012, 10:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Erick View Post
I don't see the big deal with having "cheap guy" as a backup goalie, if that ends up being the scenario.

A backup gets approximately 30 games per season in the regular season (and this is assuming Markstrom stays in the AHL all year as it's certainly possible that he can start in the A and get a callup midseason).

There are plenty of goalies in the AHL who could be backups in the NHL. It basically happens every year where no-name goalies get called up and have occasional hot stretches.

Goalies are sort of like middle relievers who become closers in baseball; some of them just need the opportunity.

Scott Clemmensen was recently once the "cheap guy" nobody knew. It took a Martin Brodeur injury for Scott Clemmensen to have an NHL career. Were it not for that injury, Clemmensen would probably still be a journeyman, going back and forth between NHL/AHL.

The downgrade between current AHL goaltenders and the Scott Clemmensen's of the world is minimal. In some cases, it doesn't even exist.

Let's not forget that many on this very board hated Scott Clemmensen before this year began and it took 25 (small sample size and a contract year, at that) regular season starts to change those opinions.

The goal here should be to have roster flexibility, knowing that you have a great prospect (Markstrom) capable of potentially earning a spot out of camp, as well as your starter already under contract (Theodore).

Thank Clemmer for his contributions and let him move on to another team.
there's a HUGE difference between clemmer and DGM. clemmer was the full-time backup to brodeur for several years. he may have signed a 2-way deal a couple of times but he was never looking for AHL work. he was, perhaps, unfortunate to have been drafted by a team that would never give him a chance to compete for a starting job and thus never really had an opportunity to show what he could do. DGM has played well but let's remember, he didn't have an _AHL_ contract going into this year. there no chance dale tallon will put an unproven guy like that in a backup role. we'd be dead this year if clemmer didn't come through for us. lucky for us, we had the confidence (most of us) that clemmer could handle it because.... HE HAS. tallon will not hang our season on a guy who's bounced between the A and ECHL.

marky wasn't dominant this year and wasn't healthy all year. if our GM decides it's best for him to continue to hone his game in the A, then i'll trust them. if so, there's probably no better guy out there than clemmer. he won't be expensive.

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